Hey, how has everyone been sleeping? Have you had any difficulty sleeping or do you have any tips for getting a good nights sleep with a stoma?
An interesting subject …
As an Ileostomist, I cannot remember the last time in almost 11 years (since my stoma was born) that I actually slept through the night.
If I lay on my right side, I end up rolling onto the bag (not a good idea!), and it I lay on my left, the bag hangs over and starts to get uncomfortable.
I suppose I could try sleeping whilst standing up, but I’d rather use the bed (!), but having never found a happy medium, I’d be interested to see how others in my situation cope.
I've had my ileo for 3 years. I try falling askeep on my left side sitting up against 3 pillows. I usually wake up every 3 to 4 hours on my back. That can cause pooling and a leak. That happened 2 mornings ago and luckily it just was at the escaping the barrier stage, so it didn't soil the sheets... 4 hours is the longest I've gone even using the gel packets
I use a urinary bag that attaches by a long tube to my attached ileo bag it holds about 4000ml of urine only way to get a full sleep cost about $20